Medway Council tried to use social media for their #MedwayBeacons competition – and it didn’t go very well

This year marks the Queen’s 90th birthday, becoming the only British monarch to ever reach the milestone.

In honour of the special occasion, Medway Council are lighting six beacons across the towns and invited residents to enter a competition to light the main beacon at the Great Lines Heritage Park in Medway:

The republican (that is, anti-monarchist and most certainly not pro-Trump) co-author of the local political blog The Political Medway was the first to enter:

Soon after, a respected local activist made the first of not very many serious entries:

Before talk turned back to the anti-monarchist Jennings:

Never one to miss an opportunity, I’m sure I didn’t stand a chance when I referenced both the EU and British politicians in not a very good light:

The eventual winner is undoubtedly an asset to the Medway community:

Long-term Medway resident Glenn Moore was the last to enter (and, yes, I have included *all* of the entries on this post):

In all, since the competition was launched in the evening of 13 April and the winner was announced yesterday lunchtime, the competition attracted just six entries – and you can judge for yourselves how many of them were “serious”.

Six entries in six days suggests that the answer to my question is most definitely “yes”.

Better luck next time, Medway Council!

Catalanofòbia in the wake of Paris

While the world was watching the terrible events in Paris overnight, the anti-Catalans took to social media to make some, frankly, disgusting comments.

These are just a few (with translations into English):

The attacks in Paris are devastating for the Catalan separatists, as they lose all of the attention and publicity which they need so much.

Terrible thing in Paris and despite this the Catalans will continue on Monday by…

While in Spain the Catalans boo the national anthem in France they sing it in chorus in a sign of unity after the attacks in Paris.prayforparis

Massacre in Paris. While the Catalan secessionists are welcoming thousands of Arabs as long as they wave the Estelada. Well. As God intended.

And possibly the worst of the night:

Well what a shame they weren’t Catalans #Paris

Stay classy, Spaniards…